Doing laundry is hard enough but what do you do with all those clothes that wind up with stains. Try these simple but effective baking soda uses. It has worked wonders in our home and could do so in yours as well.
Musty Bath Towels– Baking Soda has excellent abilities to freshen those musty bath towels. Machine wash the towels and add a ¼ cup to the regular wash and a ½ cup to the rinse cycle. The results will be immediately seen. Wet towels or forgotten washed towels can have a strong musty odor, rewash with this solution and your normal detergent for best results.
Brighten your Whites– Everyone at one time or another has watched their white socks, towel and t-shirt become dingy after washing and wearing a number of times. To brighten your bleach power, add a ¼ cup to the wash when using color safe bleach or regular bleach.
Collar Stains– If you have ever had to wash collared shirts, you know that over time you begin to see mysterious stains remaining on the collar. To remove these stains, prepare a paste of baking soda and laundry soap and scrub the stain. Allow the paste to work into the collar for at least an hour. Wash as normal and repeat as necessary. Set in stains may require more than one treatment.
Cigarette Odors– Use a wash pan or bucket to soak the smoke filled clothes in a solution of baking soda and water. Utilize 1 cup of baking soda per each gallon of water. You can also add a ¼ of laundry soap to the solution if you want extra power.
Linens– Curtains, table clothes and other linen items that have yellowed with time or environment can be brightened up by adding 4 tbs to the wash cycle. Add a ¼ cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle for extra added power and softness.
The power of Baking soda can be seen and felt beyond the normal wash and rinse cycle of the past. As a child, I always wondered why my grandmother always kept baking soda with the laundry. Now, I never have to wonder again after reading her notes written over the years. When in doubt, I always prefer to add a ½ cup to any load of wash I do. I have seen the result and have enjoyed the freshness that baking soda can offer. Give it a try and I am sure that you will agree as well.